Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Shamcey Supsup, Rabiya Mateo comment on MUPh 2021 frontrunners


It's two days before the much awaited grand coronation night of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant. On Monday night, September 27, National Director Shamcey Supsup and the reigning queen Rabiya Mateo had an online interview with Entertainment journalist, Gitri San Diego via Instagram live.

During the interview, San Diego asked Shamcey and Rabiya about their thoughts on the performance of some frontrunners and their chance in winning the crown

Here's what they said about them:


Shamcey Supsup on Miss Taguig Katrina Dimaranan.

"I've known Katrina since she joined Binibini. You could say that she really stands out when she's on stage kasi sanay na siya eh. Masasabi mong pageant veteran kumbaga. So she knows her angle, may power siya on stage. Kaya nga siya naging frontrunner kasi a lot of people saw that specially during the preliminary competition."


Rabiya Mateo on Miss Masbate Kisses Delavin

"Ganito kasi Gitri. Minsan kasi alam mo kung sino pa yung hindi natin ini-expect, sila pa yung nag sha-shine. Nakita ko kasi kay Kisses gaano siya ka determined to win the crown kahit I think this is her first national pageant. Kaya sabi ko nga may tsansa eh."


Shamcey Supsup on Miss Laguna Leren Bautista

"Well same with Katrina, they're both queens in their own right. When I saw Leren, she was already a queen and then I saw her pictures and parang sabi mo 'ang gandang Pinay'. When you see her alam mong pure blood Filipina. 'Pag nakita mo siya, ang unang-una mong mapapansin talaga ah Pilipinang Pilipina, her skin color and her feature. And of course her being a veteran as well, I think also help her in the competition kasi she's also prepared same as Katrina."


Rabiya Mateo on Miss Cebu City Beatrice Luigi Gomez

"Ang lakas ng dating niya. Siguro yung presence ni Andrea Meza, sa kanya ko na fe-feel. Parang once she's inside the room, mapapatitig ka talaga sa kanya."


Shamcey Supsup on Miss Cebu Province Steffi Aberasturi

"Well she first caught my eyes talaga during catwalk challenge, their runway challenge. It was something wowed many of the fans and even a lot of pageant critics. I think she's really determined, I could see that in all her pasabogs, diba? Marami siyang baong pasabog. I heard that she really wanted the Miss Universe crown so she really waited for this moment daw to join a pageant na talagang meant for the Miss Universe crown. I don't know ang hirap diba?"


Rabiya Mateo on Miss Manila Jasmine Umali

"I like her personality but at the same time ang ganda-ganda ng performance niya during the preliminary. She stood out sa portion na 'yun (evening gown)."


Watch the live coronation night of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 on September 30, 7PM via KTX. If you missed it, you can watch the delayed telecast on October 3, 9AM on GMA-7.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

'A tribute to her supporters': Kisses Delavin stuns in blue gown at MUPh 2021 preliminary



Miss Masbate Kisses Delavin looks stunning in blue gown as she competed at the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 preliminary evening gown competition. 

The event was pre-taped few days ago in Clark International Airport, Pampanga and was streamed live on Sunday, September 26 via KTX.

Kisses' gown was made by Louis Pangilinan.

Pangilinan shared on Facebook that the gown is a tribute to Delavin's fans and supporters.

He wrote, "Miss Universe Philippines candidate Kirsten Danielle “Kisses” Delavin in a stunning blue evening gown dedicated to her supporters."

"Magnifying its details, the color of this gown took inspiration from the Province’s Marine Sanctuary. Each beads, sequins, and crystal embellishment and structure of this gown represents the people of her Province and her loyal supporters— the Masbateรฑos and Team Kisses," the designer added.

"The train and its one-shoulder length gloves is a representation of her fans as a sturdy wall to lean on. Flaunting this Louis Pangilinan Fashion Empire gown inspirits special people in her journey towards Miss Universe Philippines — Ang kanyang mga 'Tinatangi',"

On twitter, the former PBB housemate became a trending topic with the hashtags KIRSTEN DANIELLE DELAVIN and #MissUniversePhilippines2021".


Here are some of the comments praising Delavin's prelim performance:


Judges' scores from the preliminary competition (interview, swimsuit and evening gown) will determine the Top 15. One candidate will be selected through Lazada fan vote, making the 16 semifinalists.

The grand coronation night will be on September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol. 

MisOr bet shines in MUPh 2021 preliminary interview

Chella Grace Falconer during the preliminary interview. Photo by Voltaire Tayag.


Chella Grace Falconer of Misamis Oriental is getting the attention of some pageant fans. She cemented her top ranking in the competition as she aced the preliminary interview streamed live on Friday, September 24 via KTX.

The 22-year old beauty wrote on Facebook, "Thank you Lord because you answered my prayer on this day. I remember saying the words to myself 'God is within me and i will not fall'. Thank you to everyone for believing in me."

The preliminary interview tested the wit and intelligence of the contestants and will determine who will make it in the Top 16.

Each delegate were asked five questions. Four of them came from MUPh Organization and one question from Lazada. The delegates had 30 seconds to answer each question until they hear the bell.

Here is the transcript of her preliminary Q&A round:


Question 1: What's the most important lesson you learned in the past week?

Chella Grace: "The most important lesson that I've learned in the past week is to always be ready, to always be prepared with what (to) happened in your life. I do think that there are may be so many struggles in our lives but it only take us to stand back up, to be the person that we've always wanted to be. To believe in ourselves and to always be ready for what is to come."


Question 2: If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, in whose eyes are you beautiful?

Chella Grace: "I believe that I am beautiful in the eyes of God. He has loved us so much that He even gave up His only Son in order for us to be free, to be saved. I think that everyone is beautiful in the eyes of our Creator. I myself see beauty as not only something that is seen physically but it is what most people do not see. It's in the heart, it is in our soul and I believe that I am beautiful to Him."


Question 3: If we truly learn from our mistakes, would you advise a young person to keep making them?

Chella Grace: "I think it is ok to make mistakes, two mistakes or three, but when you keep repeating them, it is no longer mistake. It is a choice. I do think that we should not keep making mistakes. We should learn from them because when we learn from our mistakes, I do not think that we should be able to do it again because we learned a lesson. Once we do, we become a better individual."


Question 4: If you have the power to do ONE of the following: Eliminate poverty and hunger, A government with no graft & corruption or solve all environmental problems, which would you choose?

Chella Grace: "I would choose to eliminate corruption in our government because in that when we are able to uplift the poor, we are able to see what we can do for the marginalized sectors in our society. Once we do that, we are able to have leaders who can make a better world, who can make a better society for everyone. And I think that is one of the ways that we become a better world and we have something to look forward to. We become a beautiful nation."


Question 5: If you were to add cart one item to buy on Lazada to send to all Filipinas to help inspire them during this time, what would it be and why?

Chella Grace: "I choose my curler for I do think that it has been most essential in my journey and I felt really beautiful, I felt like a mermaid wearing my curls. I do think that if when I send it to every Filipina out there, they would feel beautiful. They would be confident in themselves because once you become confident in you, you treat people better. You become happier as an individual and you become someone you've always wanted to be. And that is someone I am now, I am phenomenal."


For the second part of preliminary competition, Miss Universe Philippines Organization will air the swimsuit and evening gown competition, September 26, at 7:00PM via KTX.

The grand coronation night will be on September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Marinduque Simone Nadine Bornilla's Preliminary Interview Performance

Screengrab: KTX.PH

The 28 official candidates of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 has survived one of the difficult parts of the competition, the preliminary Q&A round.

The preliminary interview was streamed live on Friday, September 24 on KTX.

This portion of the pageant tested the wit and intelligence of the contestants and will determine who will make it in the Top 16.

Each delegate were asked five questions. Four of them came from MUPh Organization and one question from Lazada. The delegates had 30 seconds to answer each question until they hear the bell.

One of the delegates who stood out in the competition is Nadine Bornilla of Marinduque.

She may be the youngest amongst all the candidates. But nevertheless, in her preliminary interview, her age didn’t show. Yes, she may be small and young and so is David to Goliath.

Will she be the David of this year’s Miss Universe Philippines? Buy your Digital Exclusive Access Pass at www.bit.ly/muph2021 to witness how she will strut the runway in her swimsuit and evening gown.

Here is the transcript of her preliminary interview:

Question 1: What's the most important lesson you learned in the past week?

Simone Nadine: "The most important lesson that I've learned from the past week is that life goes on, specially during this pandemic. It's really hard to think of it like that. But you know specially during with this pageant we've proven again and again from time to time that we Filipinos, we're very resilient people. If we are able to come or conquer natural calamities, what more this pandemic."


Question 2: If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, in whose eyes are you beautiful?

Simone Nadine: "I think to my parents and that's the one thing that I'm the most proud of. Ever since I was younger they reminded me again and again that I am beautiful for them, and that was the only thing that I needed to keep my confidence up because growing I up I was a very insecure child."


Question 3: If we truly learn from our mistakes, would you advise a young person to keep making them?

Simone Nadine: "I think that as children we're reminded that we should learn from our mistakes. You know because of this we're not supposed to be given an excuse to keep making them. We should be reminded that these are things that we have to avoid because these values it's what we have to stick to."


Question 4: If you have the power to do ONE of the following: Eliminate poverty and hunger, A government with no graft & corruption or solve all environmental problems, which would you choose?

Simone Nadine: "I think I would rather solve the problem with the government because the government, they help us become productive in every other aspects within our community. That's why I think that's the problem that I would love to address above everything else."


Question 5: If you were to add cart one item to buy on Lazada to send to all Filipinas to help inspire them during this time, what would it be and why?

Simone Nadine: "As cliche as it may sound, I would love to add to cart a mirror. With the advancement of social media, oftentimes we forget who we are because we try to project this person, this ideal person. And so we forget our flaws and everything else. That's why with this mirror, we have to remind ourselves."

Friday, September 24, 2021

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Steffi Aberasturi's Preliminary Interview Performance

Screengrab: KTX.PH and Empire Philippines

The 28 official candidates of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 has survived one of the difficult parts of the competition, the preliminary Q&A round.

The preliminary interview was streamed live on Friday, September 24 on KTX.

This portion of the pageant tested the wit and intelligence of the contestants and will determine who will make it in the Top 16.

Each delegate were asked five questions. Four of them came from MUPh Organization and one question from Lazada. The delegates had 30 seconds to answer each question until they hear the bell.

One of the delegates who stood out in the competition is Cebu Province bet, Steffi Aberasturi.

Here is the full transcript of her Q&A performance:

Question 1: What's the most important lesson you learned in the past week?

Steffi: "...the importance of compassion. You have to be like passionate about the things you want in life. Being part of Miss Universe Philippines, I've realized that this is the thing I really passionate about and I want to be that bridge to connect to the people." 


Question 2: If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, in whose eyes are you beautiful?

Steffi:"Probably in God and my family. For sure that my family is very proud of me for being here. For sure that they can say that I am beautiful in every way that I am."


Question 3: If we truly learn from our mistakes, would you advise a young person to keep making them?

Steffi:"For me there would always be challenges in our life. For me I advise them to keep trying and trying until they succeed in life. But I will never suggest you keep repeating that mistake but for them to learn from the past, learn from that mistake and for them to move on and better."


Question 4: If you have the power to do ONE of the following: Eliminate poverty and hunger, A government with no graft & corruption or solve all environmental problems, which would you choose?

Steffi:"For me I would go with the poverty. My heart really goes for these people and my heart feels for them. For me we should go with hand-in-hand, poverty should go with education. For me education is the key or the gateway to the universe and for us to have a better future in life."


Question 5: If you were to add cart one item to buy on Lazada to send to all Filipinas to help inspire them during this time, what would it be and why?

Steffi:"For me being a 'Queendera', I've been selling tons of clothes. And for me with clothes, I feel like a princess. I want that people like the ladies out there, women, to be empowered through wearing a beautiful dress for them to walk on stage and be confident in theirselves."

 

The grand coronation night will be on September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol.

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Maureen Wroblewitz's MUPH 2021 Preliminary Q&A Performance


Maureen Wroblewitz during the preliminary Q& round. Photo by Voltaire Tayag.

The 28 official candidates of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 has survived one of the difficult parts of the competition, the preliminary Q&A round.

The preliminary interview was streamed live on Friday, September 24 on KTX.

This portion of the pageant tested the wit and intelligence of the contestants and will determine who will make it in the Top 16.

Each delegate were asked five questions. Four of them came from MUPh Organization and one question from Lazada. The delegates had 30 seconds to answer each question until they hear the bell.

One of the delegates who stood out in the competition is Pangasinan's very own, Maureen Wroblewitz.

Here is the full transcript of her Q&A performance:

Question 1: What's the most important lesson you learned in the past week?

Maureen: "In the past week that everything happened for a reason and that we have experienced a lot of complications but we already know that that's part of what we are experiencing right now which is a pandemic. So we just need to stay positive and stay grateful for what is happening in our lives right now."


Question 2: If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, in whose eyes are you beautiful?

Maureen: "In my own eyes. I think that's the most important, to be beautiful when you look at yourself in the mirror. And that's why I have learned the importance of self-love and through self-love I have learned to embrace every part of me, good or bad. And that is what I have learned is the most important thing."


Question 3: If we truly learn from our mistakes, would you advise a young person to keep making them?

Maureen: "Well you should still try to achieve the best and still strive to be the best version of yourself, but you just need to recognize that mistakes are part of success and that you need to learn from your mistakes so you can do better the next time."


Question 4: If you have the power to do ONE of the following: Eliminate poverty and hunger, A government with no graft & corruption or solve all environmental problems, which would you choose?

Maureen: "I will choose the government without corruption because if we don't have corruption we would also not see the poverty. We would see government that takes care of its people. We would see a government who prioritize the safety, the healthcare and then of course our environment which is all very important."


Question 5: If you were to add cart one item to buy on Lazada to send to all Filipinas to help inspire them during this time, what would it be and why?

Maureen: "I would say to go with the motivational card or motivational book with some quotes because I think we all need a little bit of positivity everyday. It will definitely help us get through the worst times."


The grand coronation night will be on September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol.

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Kisses Delavin's MUPH 2021 Preliminary Q&A Performance

Screengrab: KTX.PH

The 28 official candidates of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 has survived one of the difficult parts of the competition, the preliminary Q&A round.

The preliminary interview was streamed live on Friday, September 24 on KTX.

This portion of the pageant tested the wit and intelligence of the contestants and will determine who will make it in the Top 16.

Each delegate were asked five questions. Four of them came from MUPh Organization and one question from Lazada. The delegates had 30 seconds to answer each question until they hear the bell.

One of the delegates who stood out in the competition is Miss Masbate, Kisses Delavin.

Here is the full transcript of her Q&A performance:


Question 1: What's the most important lesson you learned in the past week?

Kisses: "I think it's embracing the moment, really enjoying the moment for what it is like a song. I think I met so many people the past week that I really treasure. Of course it's on my dream, the Miss Universe crown, but I also just embrace the moment, and that's one of the best parts."


Question 2: If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, in whose eyes are you beautiful?


Kisses: "In my own eyes. I always make sure that everyday when I go out, when I'm doing my own make-up that my standard of beauty is myself. We all have our preferences on what's beautiful but I think that I am beautiful because I am me. I think if I can show a girl that she can feel like that as well, that something that I would be proud of for the rest of my life."


Question 3: If we truly learn from our mistakes, would you advise a young person to keep making them?

Kisses: "Absolutely! I think when I was 17 years old I have made so many mistakes in my life. Just thinking about them right now makes me nervous but I think all those mistakes like not trusting myself enough to love someone. All those mistakes will make me take more risks in the future and now. Which is why I always take more risk now because I used not to."


Question 4: If you have the power to do ONE of the following: Eliminate poverty and hunger, A government with no graft & corruption or solve all environmental problems, which would you choose?

Kisses: "I think the closest thing to my heart is eliminating hunger because coming from Masbate, there are a lot of places out there that really need, children who need nourishment. And I think that's one of the biggest things that I need to focus on as a privilege person. I am not ashamed of my privilege but I think that I should do more in my whole life and especially as a miracle baby."


Question 5: If you were to add cart one item to buy on Lazada to send to all Filipinas to help inspire them during this time, what would it be and why?

Kisses: "I think it's a rosary because that's what my mother gave me when I went into the pageant. My mother was nervous about me coming into a pageant because she thinks that I always need here, but I always do need her. But I also have the strength that wherever I go, I can do my best because the rosary is with me."


The grand coronation night will be on September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol.

Bohol to host Miss Universe Philippines 2021 finals with live audience


The Inter-Agency Task Force (IAFT) has allowed the holding of Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant in Bohol from September 1 to October. This was confirmed in a virtual press conference Friday, September 24 by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

In an Instagram post today by Miss Universe Philippines Organization, the grand coronation night will be held on September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol.

"We started the competition in Clark, Pampanga, now we’re flying to Bohol for the coronation! The Miss Universe Philippines Organization is very happy to announce that the Province of Bohol will be our host for the Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Pageant. The finals will be on September 30 at the Henann Resort Convention Center in Panglao, Bohol. We are grateful to the Governor Arthur Yap, the Bohol LGUs and Tourism board and the IATF for allowing us to stage this year’s pageant in this most idyllic destination," the post captioned.

The pageant's creative director, Jonas Gaffud, also confirmed via Instagram the official venue.

"Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Miss Universe will be held in Bohol. Finals on September 30 ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ," Gaffud wrote on Instagram.

Here are the safety protocols that will be implemented during the event

The Miss Universe Philippines Organization is committed to revitalizing the live events, hospitality, and tourism industries in these challenging times. Being compliant to IATF-approved health and safety protocols is our way of showing that we can responsibly hold live events so our country can move forward in the new normal. We will be implementing the following to ensure a safe event for everyone involved.

- Only fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to be part of the MUPh bubble. This includes delegates, MUPh staff, production, audience members and all the allied suppliers.

- Only those with negative RT-PCR results will be allowed to enter the bubble and travel to Bohol. There will be no close interaction with anyone outside of the bubble including the locals.

- All pageant activities inside Henann Resort will be secured and cordoned off from the public and anyone who are not part of the bubble.

- Engineering and administrative controls will be strictly enforced. Face masks and face shields will be required to be worn at all times.

- The venue, buses and areas where MUPh will hold activities willl be disinfected before and after the events.

- Most meals will be individually packed and delivered to rooms. These will be consumed inside the rooms.

- Special dining events will be held in al fresco dining areas and only 1 table person.

- A safety committee composed of MUPh, Bohol LGU, and Hotel will oversee and implement the IATF guidelines. Safety officers and safety marshals will be present at all times to ensure that guidelines are followed.

The Province of Bohol is our partner in promoting this responsible and responsive way of holding live events and tourism in the new normal. Together, our intention is to inspire our nation and give hope to Filipinos that we can triumph over this pandemic.






Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Jonas Gaffud praises Kisses Delavin. Here's why

Jonas Antonio Gaffud and Kisses Delavin

Miss Universe Philippines Organization Creative Director Jonas Gaffud has applauded Kisses Delavin in an Instagram post Wednesday, September 22.

According to Gaffud, Kisses arrived on time during the first meet up with the delegates.

"I just wanted to post this to commend @kissesdelavin , that during the first meet up with the delegates, she was the first one to arrive exactly at 3pm (the call time). It is nice to know that a celebrity like her would be on time ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ," Gaffud wrote on Instagram.

The former PBB housemate is representing Masbate City in the ongoing Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant.

Gaffud's post has been reposted to various pageant pages and generated some positive comments from netizens.

"She’s so professional ❤️❤️❤️," one user commented.

Here are the other comments:

"If ever manalo siya, sobrang dedicated talaga to sa work."

"Impression is what she does and she succeeded with what you said!"

"Hindi aq fan ni Kisses pero agree aq kay Mama J."

"Kaya bagay sa kaniya Ang crown Ng Miss u."

"Kahit kasi anong gawin ni kisses she always put her whole heart to it. Kaya makikita mong seryoso siya sa ginagawa niya very professional."

The Miss Universe Philippines 2021 coronation night was set on September 25 but this was postponed for safety purposes and due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the new dates for the pre-pageant activities, preliminaries, and the voting period:

  • September 23 - National Costume (YouTube)
  • September 24 - Preliminary Interviews (KTX.ph)
  • September 26 - Preliminary Swimsuit and Evening Gown (KTX.ph)
  • September 29 - Last day of Lazada voting
The organization is yet to announce the new date of the coronation night.






Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Steffi Aberasturi sinabihang 'OA' at 'trying hard' sa isang pageant analysis; mga fans nagalit


Viral ngayon sa social media ang naging pageant analysis ng Ashtie Nights Community sa pambato ng Cebu Province sa Miss Universe Philippines 2021 na si Steffi Aberasturi.

Sinabihang OA at trying hard ang Cebuana beauty sa isang video clip na inupload sa Tiktok ng @ddsofpageantry.

@ddsofpageantry

grabe sila kay @steffiaberasturi . andaming sinabi, may nega comments din sila sa iba pero di ganto. ##missuniverse ##steffiaberasturi ##fyp

♬ original sound - Didi S.

Ang Ashtie Nights Community ay kinabibilangan nina Bessie Besana, Candy Drilon-Dalman, Miguel Daranjilla, Nigel Cornel at Moks Gonzales. 

Ashties Miguel Daranjilla, Nigel Cornel, Candy Drilon-Dalman, Bessie Besana, and Moks Gonzales, collectively known as The Korona Group and founders of The Ashtie Nights Community.


Tila hindi sang-ayon si Moks Gonzales na 'Latina slayer' si Aberasturi.

"...[I read] comments from her fans na 'Latina slayer, Latina slayer'. Pero may natalo naba siyang Latina?" aniya.

Nakukulangan naman si Candy ng 'oomph factor' sa dalaga.

"[I don't] see a little 'oomph' from her more than what we were seeing before. My issue with her I find her too OA at times when she speaks. Authenticity is also something that Miss Universe Organization looks for. So I just wanna see that."

Nag-komento naman si Bessie sa isang photo ni Steffi. Aniya, "I didn't really like this photo parang trying hard sa akin 'yung looks and I'm sure it's not Steffi. It might be the people that might have work for that specific shoot."

Dagdag pa ni Moks, "Steffi, kalma lang. You don't have to try so hard kasi maganda ka na eh. Hindi ko kilala kung sino si Steffi. Parang puro pasabog lang at pasabog. The thing for me 'yung  entrepreneurship rather than eh brand mo yung sarili mo as 'Queendera'."

"Naging concern is that si Catriona (Gray) 'di tayo nag-complain because we haven't seen it before. Now that we've seen it from Catriona, hindi na siya novelty," dagdag pa ni Gonzales.

Hindi naman napigilan ng mga fans ni Steffi na umalma sa mga komento ng Ashties.

"Constructive criticism is helpful, but kapag may halong lait, negative bias and very subjective na ung feedback, inggit and threatened na yan," sabi ng isang isang netizen.

"Never dictate a candidate how to show herself, it's not your thing! If she feel confident and happy she feel empowered doing those, then let them."

"Ahem. Matatanggap ko pa kung constructive criticism, but deym? Lait na ginagawa niyo. Threatened kayo sa Bisaya kolz?

"Mga dilawan 'yan for sure. Haha."

"Sila yung mga MARITES na nakabase sa looks at pananalita ng isang tao. Pero 100% di sila sure kung ganito o ganun ba  talaga tinutukoy nila!."

Tila may sagot naman si Steffi sa pageant analysis ng Ashties.


May pinost sa IG story ang Cebuana beauty na may nakasulat na quote, "Do not put out your fire because someone else doesn't understand your flame."

Mukha ding unbothered si Cathy Drilon. Nag-post pa ito sa Facebook group ng Ashtie Nights Community.

"Guys don't worry, kalmado kami. Narealize ko lang na sponsor nga pala ang company ko diyan. Do I really want to sponsor a candidate that has so much toxic supporters for 1 whole year?" sulat ni Drilon sa kanilang Facebook group.

"Honestly, as a sponsor of MUPh, I am absolutely turned off by the rabid supporters of Steffi," dagdag pa niya.







Miss Universe Philippines to Release World's First Beauty Pageant NFTs

PRESS RELEASE

NFTs Gaining Ground with Big-Name Supporters

Manila, Philippines (September 20, 2021) — RedFOX Labs, prolific Southeast Asian venture builder, has joined forces with Miss Universe Philippines in making history as the world's first-ever beauty pageant to drop an NFT collection.

The Miss Universe-Philippines NFT collection will be released on September 24, 2021 and will be available for purchase using the RFOX token via MetaMask or Uniswap. 

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are digital assets that can represent a wide variety of real-world concepts such as ownership over one-of-a-kind art, videos, in-game items, and other collectibles.

By partnering with Miss Universe-Philippines, RedFOX Labs has made it possible for fans to own unique digital collectibles of their favorite candidates in the form of NFT cards, which showcase the top 30 beauty queens in their glory.

These prized collector’s items have a limited supply of 9,900 units in total, which consists of 4 unique NFTs for each of the top 30 candidates that come in various degrees of rarity including Common (6000 units), Uncommon (2700 units), Rare (900 units), and Mythic (300 units.). These NFT cards can be stored, traded, and sold just like physical assets, which allows owners to earn from their proceeds.

In the world of emerging technology and digital assets, this is bringing the future of the digital economy closer to every Filipino in an accessible and relatable way.

This is also a welcome addition to the growing global adoption of NFTs, which, in recent times, have been dominated by celebrities and household names minting their own non-fungible tokens.

In just a span of a few short months, NFTs went from being the stuff of sci-fi dreams to having real people making, selling, and buying them at eye-watering amounts. 


Several notable names have also jumped in on the NFT craze by creating and releasing their own NFT collections. Aside from empowering creators to earn staggering amounts from the proceeds of their sales, NFTs have also paved another way for people to easily raise funds for charities and other advocacies. 

Paris Hilton, the original queen and trendsetter of selfies and Y2K bling, is always ahead of the game and has been one of the first artists to embrace NFTs and their potential. Praising NFTs for democratizing art, Hilton's first foray started last year when she auctioned a digital painting of her cat for $17,000 and donated the proceeds to charity.


Another pop culture icon who is no stranger to the NFT space is "Mean Girls" star Lindsay Lohan, who minted and auctioned her first-ever NFT called "Lindsay Lightning Lohan" for $50,000 and donated the proceeds to charities that accept Bitcoin.



Popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has made her mark in the space by auctioning her first NFT, consisting of her own explanation of the asset on her show and an actual drawing of a cat she made. The collection netted DeGeneres $33,495, which she donated to food-relief organization World Central Kitchen.


As one of the world's most iconic rappers and enduring artists of his time, Snoop Dogg's story has the perfect mix of grit and talent to make for an NFT worth collecting. And this he did with his NFT collection called "A Journey with the Dogg", which he auctioned off. Parts of the proceeds were donated to emerging youth artists and Snoop's Youth Football League.


Lastly, if there’s one thing that Miss Philippines shares with legendary boxer and Philippine politician Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, there’s no need to look further than NFTs. 

The incumbent senator has recently released his own NFT collection, with artist Rikognition explaining that the piece is inspired by Pacquiao's career, where “a moment in time can feel both fleeting yet lasting an eternity."

As support for NFTs grows exponentially over the last few months and big names like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Manny Pacquiao put the spotlight on its potential, Redfox’s partnership with Miss Universe Philippines is just the start in paving the way for people, regardless of background, to experience firsthand what NFTs can do for them.

How to Buy RFOX on MetaMask

  1. Sign up for a crypto wallet that supports accessible cash-in channels in the Philippines like PDAX, Coins.PH, or Binance.
  2. Add funds to your crypto wallet and buy ETH.
  3. Send the ETH you bought to your MetaMask wallet
  4. Once on MetaMask, add RFOX to your list of tokens (add tokens > custom tokens > token address + token symbol + token of precision)
  5. Swap your ETH for RFOX.
How to Buy RFOX on Uniswap

  1. Sign up for a crypto wallet that supports accessible cash-in channels in the Philippines like PDAX, Coins.PH, or Binance.
  2. Add funds to your crypto wallet and buy ETH.
  3. Send the ETH you bought to your MetaMask wallet. 
  4. Launch the Uniswap app and connect your Metamask wallet. 
  5. Under the Swap function, add RFOX as the token you’d like to get.
  6. Enter the amount of ETH you will spend or the amount of RFOX tokens you need to buy. Make sure that you have sufficient ETH balance to complete the deal. 
  7. Click Swap. A preview of the transaction will appear in a pop-up window from your MetaMask wallet.
  8. Confirm the transaction in the MetaMask wallet. You will receive your RFOX tokens.
About RedFOX Labs

RedFOX Labs is a venture builder based in Vietnam that identifies and builds successful business models for the Southeast Asian (SEA) markets. 

The company is focused on unlocking the true market value of the Southeast Asian digital economy for high consumer demand services such as e-commerce, e-media, e-travel, and e-sports/gaming. 

RedFOX is committed to adding value to the digital economy by building add-ons using blockchain technology, with its native token, RFOX, tradeable on the Ethereum platform.






Miss Universe Philippines to Unveil the World's First-Ever Beauty Pageant NFT Collection


Press Release

Manila, Philippines — The Miss Universe Philippines 2021 is making its mark as the latest brand and the first beauty pageant in the world to ride the NFT wave. The global beauty pageant has teamed up with RedFOX Labs, a Southeast Asian blockchain venture builder, to launch the Miss Universe Philippines NFT collection. 

Available on September 24, 2021 on our NFT Platform, it provides an exciting opportunity for adoring fans to buy NFT collectibles of their favorite beauty queens. But this isn't the first time a famous brand has entered the NFT space.

In fact, many luxury premium brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry are turning to NFTs to promote their lines. The fashion industry has been looking for ways to capitalize on the buzz surrounding NFTs. Louis Vuitton and several other fashion brands have launched their own NFTs. 

For example, Gucci released its first official NFT in a short fashion film inspired by Aria's collection. It is to celebrate Gucci's 100th anniversary and the upcoming collaboration with Balenciaga. 

Burberry also collaborated with Mythical Games on an in-game clothing NFT collection by featuring a limited-edition Blanko toy called "Sharky B." It is the first luxury brand to appear in the multiplayer party game Blankos Block Party. 


Separately, Louis Vuitton initiated a mobile game where players can collect 30 free NFTs as they follow the brand's mascot Vivienne to Paris for a birthday celebration. 10 NFTs were created in a partnership with Beeple, a digital artist whose digital collage sold for USD69.3 million. Moreover, the NFTs in the game are collectibles that cannot be sold. 

Overpriced's black hoodie is also part of the growing NFT one-of-a-kind asset trend. The black hoodie from Overpriced, embroidered with an expletive-laden logo in neon green graffiti font, was sold on the digital art marketplace, Blockparty, to an anonymous bidder who can now "wear" the garment in virtual settings online by scanning a code. 



Another implementation of NFTs in the fashion world is collaborating with top-selling NFT artists. The famous sneaker brand RTFKT collaborated with FEWOCiOUS, one of the rising young stars in the crypto universe. They created a series of three sneakers that were accompanied by digital merchandise. More than 600 pairs were sold, with the sneakers alone accounting for USD3.1 million in sales. Winners may receive a physical copy of their sneakers, but the real value came from their limited-edition digital iterations. 

The speculative market for one-of-a-kind NFTs has been booming. Blockchain NFTs are making inroads into high-fashion and premium lifestyle brands to reach new audiences, connect with customers, and grow their businesses. 

Many luxury brands are taking on NFTs to create experiences for their consumers, similar to the Miss Universe Philippines NFT collection. With that said, the one-of-a-kind Miss Universe Philippines NFT collection honors the beauty pageant's essence of empowerment and grace. This coincides with other premium luxury brands that seek to renew that essence and connect directly with the fanbase.

With this partnership between RedFox Labs and Miss Universe Philippines, we are able to unlock genuine value for the fanbase to interact with the brand in an environment that celebrates beauty, art, and empowerment. Miss Universe Philippines 2021 NFTs are available to purchase with RFOX tokens. They can be bought on Uniswap and MetaMask.

How to purchase RFOX Tokens on MetaMask 
  1. Set up a MetaMask wallet account. 
  2. Buy ETH into your wallet you will spend or the amount of RFOX tokens you need to buy. Make sure that you have sufficient ETH balance to complete the deal.  
  3. Add RFOX token by clicking the 'ADD TOKENS' bottom. 
  4. Click Custom Token and add the Token Address that can be found on our website: www.redfoxlabs.io
  5. Input the Token Symbol and Token of Precision. 
  6. Swap your ETH for RFOX. A transaction’s preview will appear in a pop-up window from your MetaMask wallet. 
  7. Confirm the transaction in the MetaMask wallet. You will receive your RFOX tokens.
How to purchase RFOX on Uniswap 
  1. Create a crypto wallet that lets you trade in the Philippines like PDAX, Coins.PH, or Binance. 
  2. Purchase ETH for your crypto wallet you will spend or the amount of RFOX tokens you need to buy. Make sure that you have sufficient ETH balance to complete the deal.  
  3. Visit our website: https://missuniverseph.redfoxlabs.io/ and click 'BUY RFOX'. It will take you to the Uniswap app.
  4. Connect your MetaMask wallet.
  5. Swap your ETH for RFOX. A transaction’s preview will appear in a pop-up window from your MetaMask wallet.
  6. Confirm the transaction in the MetaMask wallet. You will receive your RFOX tokens.
About RedFOX Labs
RedFOX Labs is a Vietnam-based venture builder that identifies and builds successful business models for Southeast Asian markets. It focuses on unlocking the true market value of the Southeast Asian digital economy for high consumer demand services like e-commerce, e-media, e-travel, and esports/gaming, as well as adding value to the digital economy through the use of emerging technologies like blockchain. Its value as a company is tradable via its native token.






Monday, September 20, 2021

Mrs. Muntinlupa Joanna Marie Razon for Mrs. Universe Philippines 2021

Mrs. Universe Philippines - Muntinlupa City 2021 Joanna Marie Razon


Press Release

“INSPIRATIONAL AND ASPIRATIONAL QUEEN”

“I am a person of vision. Full of hopes and dreams. I go beyond my limitations and I am not afraid to try new things. By going out of my comfort zone, I gained a lot of lessons and experiences that made me a better person that I am today. God is the source of everything. He is my ultimate inspiration, strength and guidance,” said Joanna Marie Razon.

Joanna is a proud social entrepreneurship advocate. She believes that this is truly essential in the Philippines, especially to the given economic crisis we are all going through nationwide. She finds it as one of the key solutions to pick up ourselves from financial instability that has brought by pandemic.

For more than 10 years ago, Razon has started her advocacy and has already inspired a huge number of individuals as of today. She has lived her mission to transform an ordinary individual by bringing out its potential of becoming an exemplary social entrepreneur. She believes that everyone has a sense of business leadership, it only needs to be awaken and nourished - and this is what she does. She has been taking the initiative to empower the community of social entrepreneurs.

Apparently, a leader is someone who takes a lead and lives by example. JM has been more than a hundred percent committed to empower our community of social entrepreneurs. She tirelessly works for every opportunity she finds to change people’s lives by leading them to achieve their dreams and conquer their limitations that they never thought of.

As a proof of her persistence, she has been appointed as of the Generals of Team Advocate Change Club and joined The Maharlikang Pilipino Movement or also known as MAHARLIKA. These groups have been very helpful and instrumental to Joanna as she leads the former while she learns from the mentorship of the latter. Indeed, these are the essential qualities of a magnificent leader - someone who empowers her team and someone who listens to the need of her team.

Joanna Marie Razon of Muntinlupa City poses for photos during the recently concluded Mrs. Universe Philippines 2021 press presentation and advocacy forum.

JM finds balance between her corporate responsibilities and her family. She is a hands-on mother to her 2 growing daughters. She works like an ant during the day, but she becomes a full time at night as she also plays and spends quality time with her family when she’s at home. More so, she also attends to her daughters’ schools’ involvements. For some reason, the flexibility in social entrepreneurship is one the benefits she enjoys from it because it gives her enormous confidence and power that it could not compromise her quality time with her children.

On her journey in Mrs Universe Philippines 2021, JM upholds all this aspirations, hopes and dreams not for herself alone but extendedly to all individuals who need help and empowerment particularly on social entrepreneurship. She dreams not only to inspire but to reach out for the dream and will make it happen. 

This is the story of an aspiring queen - inspirational and aspirational! Joanna Marie Razon, Mrs Universe Philippines 2021, from Muntinlupa City!


Mrs. Universe Philippines 2021 pageant

Eighteen empowered Filipina will be competing at the inaugural Mrs. Universe Philippines pageant. The coronation night will be held on October 7 at Okada Manila.

Three titles will be given - Mrs. Universe Philippines, Mrs. Pacific Continental and Mrs. North Pacific Asia. The winners will represent the country in Mrs. Universe 2021 pageant in South Korea in November.






Saturday, September 18, 2021

'Should a transgender woman be allowed to join beauty pageants?' Kisses Delavin responds

Screen grab from The Boy Abunda Talk Channel on Youtube

In the Part 3 of Boy Abunda's online talk show called 'The Purple Chair Interview', Miss Universe Philippines 2021 candidate Kisses Delavin has proved that she is ready to nail the preliminary Q&A round.

She was asked a series of questions to test her wit and intelligence comes pageant proper.

Should a transgender woman be allowed to join beauty pageants? She responded with ease, "If that transwoman would be able to to celebrate herself the most if she joins the Miss Universe pageant, go for it because women are multidimensional. And, if you are a transwoman and you want to win Miss Universe, put your heart into it, you will make a change."

The former PBB housemate also answered the controversial question from Bb. Pilipinas 2021- 'When is it okay to not be okay and when is it not okay to be not okay?'

"It's okay to be not okay when you need time to heal. But it's not okay to continue to be not okay when some people can benefit from you fighting to go into the deep and try to be okay no matter how hard it is so that other people, you can help other people to be okay," Delavin said.

Would you rather be influential or powerful?

"I think I would rather be influential because when you speak to someone and you're influential, you're able to make this person rise up. Most specially now in this COVID pandemic. If there is an anti-vaxxer, there is so much power if you're influential because this person will be able to be swayed into the right direction if you know how to say the right words."

On why she deserved the crown, she said, "I think I deserve the crown because I have been preparing for this my whole life. The world has prepared me for this."

"The experiences that have been given to me, the love...because I am able to give as much, so much love because I have first received that love from my mom, from my dad."

You can watch the full interview here:

Delavin is one of the 27 official candidates competing in Miss Universe Philippines 2021 pageant. The coronation night will be on September 25.

The winner will represent the country in the 70th edition of Miss Universe pageant in Israel in December.

The reigning Miss Universe Philippines is Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City.


 






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